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Born Free Foundation

Born Free Foundation
Founded 20 July 1998
Focus Prevent animal abuse and to keep wildlife in its natural habitat.
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The Born Free Foundation is an international conservation and animal rights organization based in the United Kingdom focusing on wild animals. It originated in 1984 as the "Zoo Check Campaign" by actors Virginia McKenna and her husband Bill Travers along with their son Will Travers and four associates.[1]


  • Creation 1
  • Wild and Live 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


McKenna and Travers had been greatly affected by the plight of wild animals after starring together in the 1966 film Joy Adamson as they returned Elsa the Lioness to the wilds of Africa.[2] They appeared in several more films about animals and produced wildlife and anti-zoo documentaries for television.

The Born Free Foundation Limited was officially established on 20 July 1998, and as an

  • Official website
  • Born Free Foundation, Registered Charity no. 1070906 at the Charity Commission

External links

  1. ^ "The Story of Pole Pole". Born Free Foundation. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Born Free Foundation: Still saving the lions".  
  3. ^ "1070906 - The Born Free Foundation Limited". Charity Commission. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tiger Farms: A Ticket to Extinction". Earth Times. 
  5. ^ "Wild and Live - A Roaring Success". Born Free Foundation. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 


On Saturday 14 November 2009 Bryan Adams, Martin Clunes, Gabriella Cilmi, Mutya Buena, Joanna Lumley and many other celebrity supporters gathered at the Royal Albert Hall to help save 25,000 wild animals and commemorate the Born Free Foundation’s 25th Anniversary year.[5]

Wild and Live

The foundation, which is part of the International Tiger Coalition (ITC),[4] has two big cat sanctuaries in South Africa at the Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

The Born Free Foundation undertakes animal welfare, conservation and public awareness campaigns to prevent animal abuse and to keep wildlife in its natural habitat. Its logo is a lion, which its website states is a likeness of Elsa.


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